block Definition

  • 1a large solid piece of hard material, especially rock, stone, or wood, typically with flat surfaces on each side
  • 2an area of land bounded by streets or buildings
  • 3a group of buildings bounded by four streets

Using block: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "block" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The children played with wooden blocks.

  • Example

    The writer's mind was a block of ice.

  • Example

    The city block was full of shops and restaurants.

  • Example

    The apartment block had a doorman and an elevator.

block Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with block

  • available for sale


    The house has been on the block for three months.

  • an obstacle that prevents progress or makes it difficult to achieve something


    His lack of experience was a stumbling block to getting the job.

  • a child who resembles one or both parents in character or behavior


    Her son is a chip off the old block, always making jokes like his father.


Summary: block in Brief

The term 'block' [blɒk] refers to a large, solid piece of material, such as rock, stone, or wood, often with flat surfaces. It also denotes an area of land surrounded by streets or buildings, or a group of buildings bounded by four streets. The phrase 'on the block' means available for sale, while 'a stumbling block' refers to an obstacle that prevents progress. 'A chip off the old block' describes a child who resembles one or both parents in character or behavior.

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